WT 9u Blue just finished its Spring/Summer season, and what a season it was! The team posted a winning record in the Tri State Elite League, playing against some of the tougher club teams in South Jersey. In addition, the team ran off four straight lopsided wins to earn the championship in WT’s own Memorial Weekend Tournament.
All of this prepared the squad for its post-season run in the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Division Tournament trail. The squad won the SNJ District 3 Tournament Championship, going undefeated to take the title.
In the SNJ State Tournament, the 9u Minutemen were up against the best town-based travel teams in the State. The team played excellent baseball, finishing 3rd among the 12 teams who qualified for States.
By virtue of that performance, the boys qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, featuring 10 of the best 9u Cal Ripken teams from NJ, DE, NY, PA and MD. This is as far as possible for 9u teams to advance in the Ripken Tournament trail.
The team played it’s heart out in Regionals, losing a couple very close games to just miss reaching the Quarterfinals. It was a great experience for the boys. Job well done by the coaches and players, pictured here!
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Coaches L to R:
Assistant Coach Jeff Watson, Head Coach Brian Tinkelenberg, Assistant Coach Rob Egan
Players L to R:
Richie Lawson, Cole Naccarelli, Logan Silnik, Mark Tinkelenberg, Dylan Bruderek, Danny Sheets, Aidan Kenderdine, Sal Mesete, Dawson Reese, Brett Egan, Mark Hallman, Nick Watson